National Hockey League News
Devils sign Zubrus, Rachunek
Jul 3, 2007, 20:30 GMT
East Rutherford, NJ - The New Jersey Devils signed free- agent forward Dainius Zubrus and defenseman Karel Rachunek on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old Zubrus recorded career highs last season in goals (24), assists (36) and points (60) in 79 games split between Washington and Buffalo.
'I knew that the decision [to sign with the Devils] would be a hockey decision,' Zubrus said. 'I want to win and that's why I wanted to come here. I believe in this team and the success they've had.'
The 10-year veteran was Philadelphia's first-round pick (15th overall) in the 1996 Entry Draft. He has 138 goals and 222 assists in 689 career games.
Rachunek, 27, played with the New York Rangers last season and scored six goals along with 20 assists in 66 games.
'Karel Rachunek is an experienced player who will add size and depth to our defense,' said New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello.
In six seasons in the NHL, including four-plus with Ottawa, he has appeared in 324 games and has 18 goals along with 109 assists.
© 2007 The Sports Network